Brian Eno’s The Ship – A Generative Film



Dentsu Lab Tokyo

This is a music video project for The Ship a 21m20s minute long musical score released by Brian Eno, the harbinger of generative music genre. Considering how Eno constantly questions the process of making and creating state-of-the-art music, instead of developing a conventional music video, the project utilized artificial intelligence to create the music video, and questioned whether artificial intelligence can achieve human-like creativity. The project collected a colossal number of photographs that represent memorable moments in the past human history, and created an AI that consists of series of photographs “memorized” after the 20th century. Then, the AI automatically reads the images from the current news. By “recollecting” the learned images from the past, the output movie differentiates itself constantly based on the continuous input of the current world. lt represents in a structured and systematic vision associations that a human would never be able to see.


Creative Director / Creative Technologist: Kaoru Sugano (Dentsu Lab Tokyo)
Creative Technologist: Togo Kida (Dentsu Lab Tokyo)
Art Director: Yuri Ueishi (Dentsu)
Machine Learning / Technical Direction: Nao Tokui (Qosmo, inc.)
Programming / Technical direction: Satoru Higa (backspacetokyo)
Producer: Hikaru Ikeuchi, Kohei Ai, Akiyo Ogawa, Jun Kato (Dentsu Lab Tokyo)
Server Side: Hajime Sasaki, Koji Otsuka, Shunsuke Shiino (Mount Position inc.)
Motion Designer: Baku Hashimoto
Front Engineer: Junya Kojima (Superstition, inc.)

Dentsu Lab Tokyo (JP) is a creative team, unlike the conventional advertising agencies, specializing in combining research, ideation, and development to deliver creative outputs that utilize technology. Since its launch in 2015, Dentsu Lab Tokyo has engaged in various R&D activities. Not limited to that, they have also collaborated with world-class corporate clients, and with affiliated artists and technologists, such as Björk, and Brian Eno. The strenuous approach has enabled the Dentsu Lab Tokyo to go far beyond the orthodox regarded by the industry, and even further broadening the horizon.